Medical social workers perform many tasks for patients, but the work is taking a high toll on them, leading to burnout and attrition.
Medical social workers coordinate care, an especially important job in complicated cases. Just as nurses and doctors are feeling burned out, these unsung heroes are feeling the burn, too. Here's why that's dangerous.
Health workers and patients protesting at the Hospital Dr. Jose Maria Vargas in Caracas, Venezuela.
The impact of Venezuela's medical crisis is not gender-neutral.
Suicide is more prevalent among doctors than any other profession. Burnout could be a reason.
Medicine leads the professions in suicides. Fixing the physician suicide problem requires a re-examination of medicine's "right stuff."
Caregivers need to be educated on the importance of routine nutrition screening and interventions.
South Africa must ensure that healthcare workers understand the importance of nutrition and that they transfer the correct messages to caregivers.
Far more than eating green vegetables and going to the gym more often, living and working conditions have a big impact on health. Saskatchewan’s new NDP leader is determined to see it reflected in public policy.
It's not all about eating leafy green vegetables and working out: Living and working conditions have a profound impact on our health. So why are politicians avoiding taking action?
For-profit service providers may use discrimination as a way to make more money.
The Trump administration wants to privatize more of the federal bureaucracy. New research suggests this can lead to discrimination in essential government services.
There needs to be a wide range of sexual health services for men who have sex with men.
In many parts of sub-Saharan Africa men who have sex with men encounter stigma and prejudice when accessing health services.
Nearly every Canadian family has a wait time story. This is because our system is not designed to provide optimal care for patients with multiple chronic diseases.
To improve wait times for surgery, Canada needs to fix its health-care system. Developing a national seniors' strategy would be a good place to start.
Despite the numerous campaigns promoting the flu vaccine to Australian health workers, uptake has been documented to range from only 16-60%.
The most effective way to improve flu vaccination rates among health workers in high-risk clinical areas and aged care facilities is to make it mandatory.
Ovarian massage where the practitioner claims to ‘read’ a woman’s ovaries clearly lacks evidence.
The case of this cult-like group shows health consumers need better protection.
A plastic surgery-themed magazine is displayed in a Brazil storefront.
Who's really benefiting from a health care system that provides free or low-cost plastic surgeries for the poor?
Is this device safe for use in a hospital?
In a complex environment with massive numbers of internet-connected devices, the key barrier to better cybersecurity isn't funding: It's ensuring staff at all levels take action against the threat.
Australians are spending a larger proportion of their income on health insurance as premium increases outpace wage growth.
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Private health insurance premiums are set to rise again. These 14 charts (well, technically 10 charts and four tables) look at some of the reasons why health insurance premiums keep going up and up.
The rate of complications varies markedly between hospitals.
One in four patients who stays overnight in hospital endures a complication.
Good appointment schedules keep physicians busy and minimize patients’ waiting. (Shutterstock)
Creative appointment scheduling minimizes in-office waiting for physicians and patients.
Approximately 80 percent of all pharmaceuticals used by Americans are produced overseas.
Thanks to Hurricane Maria, some US hospitals are experiencing a saline shortage. In times of emergency, medical supply chains break down too easily.
At least one economist worries we’ll be mostly poorer.
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We asked four of our regular economics writers to examine a key theme they expect to flare up in 2018 and why.
A scientist works with DNA samples in a New Orleans laboratory in 2011.
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The rapid growth of genetic testing and data-gathering could revolutionize health and medicine if governments work to protect people against privacy and societal risks.
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If Americans become less healthy and have less access to health care, then everyone loses.
Health insurance impacts decisions about contraception, marriage and more.
Once young women could access health insurance through their parents, they seemed to make very different decisions about contraception, abortion and marriage.